Top Songs of 1981


Rank All Time Rank Artist Song
1
88
The Specials Ghost Town
2
156
Soft Cell Tainted Love
3
244
The Human League Don't You Want Me
4
302
R.E.M. Radio Free Europe
5
381
Queen & David Bowie Under Pressure
6
440
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts I Love Rock 'n Roll
7
479
Laurie Anderson O Superman
8
486
Phil Collins In the Air Tonight
9
784
The Rolling Stones Start Me Up
10
792
Tom Tom Club Genius of Love
11
886
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel
12
907
Rick James Super Freak
13
934
Journey Don't Stop Believin'
14
1045
Black Flag Rise Above
15
1070
The Psychedelic Furs Pretty in Pink
16
1102
Depeche Mode Just Can't Get Enough
17
1199
Go-Go's Our Lips Are Sealed
18
1210
New Order Ceremony
19
1235
Grace Jones Pull Up to the Bumper
20
1254
Mission of Burma That's When I Reach for My Revolver
21
1386
Daryl Hall & John Oates I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
22
1423
The Stranglers Golden Brown
23
1494
Stevie Nicks Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)
24
1552
Duran Duran Girls on Film
25
1572
Rush Tom Sawyer
26
1612
Yoko Ono Walking on Thin Ice
27
1655
Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes
28
1702
Heaven 17 (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang
29
1826
Kraftwerk Computer Liebe/Computer Love
30
1896
Japan Ghosts
31
1962
Taana Gardner Heartbeat
32
1973
The Teardrop Explodes Reward
33
1982
The Human League Love Action
34
1999
Men at Work Down Under
35
2025
Prince Controversy
36
2033
Bob Dylan Every Grain of Sand
37
2067
AC/DC For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
38
2242
Luther Vandross Never Too Much
39
2265
The Gun Club Sex Beat
40
2457
Squeeze Tempted
41
2595
Scritti Politti The Sweetest Girl
42
2808
U2 Gloria
43
3002
The Police Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
44
3096
The J. Geils Band Centerfold
45
3127
The Rolling Stones Waiting on a Friend
46
3152
ESG Moody
47
3199
Minor Threat Straight Edge
48
3244
Pigbag Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag
49
3497
Adam and The Ants Stand and Deliver
50
3520
Tom Tom Club Wordy Rappinghood
51
3704
Madness It Must Be Love
52
3828
Toni Basil Mickey
53
3921
Flipper Sex Bomb
54
3956
Gang of Four To Hell with Poverty!
55
3987
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft Der Mussolini
56
4029
Kraftwerk Nummern/Numbers
57
4153
Stray Cats Stray Cat Strut
58
4321
Smokey Robinson Being with You
59
4331
The Birthday Party Release the Bats
60
4373
The Plimsouls A Million Miles Away
61
4382
Black Flag TV Party
62
4411
Soft Cell Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
63
4480
Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
64
4532
The Cramps Goo Goo Muck
65
4622
Romeo Void Never Say Never
66
4640
Loverboy Working for the Weekend
67
4678
Dinosaur L #5 (Go Bang!)
68
4763
Men at Work Who Can It Be Now?
69
4770
The Who You Better You Bet
70
4775
Taschenrechner / Pocket Calculator Taschenrechner/Pocket Calculator
71
4805
Duran Duran Planet Earth
72
4836
Earth, Wind & Fire Let's Groove
73
5059
Rod Stewart Young Turks
74
5094
The Clash This Is Radio Clash
75
5125
The Cure Charlotte Sometimes
76
5135
Stray Cats Rock This Town
77
5162
Rosanne Cash Seven Year Ache
78
5215
Kim Wilde Kids in America
79
5232
Foreigner Waiting for a Girl Like You
80
5365
Grace Jones I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)
81
5454
Paolo Conte Via con me
82
5534
Altered Images Happy Birthday
83
5552
The Reels Quasimodo's Dream
84
5553
The Police Invisible Sun
85
5557
ESG UFO
86
5572
The Passions [UK] I'm in Love with a German Film Star
87
5722
Pretenders Message of Love
88
5728
Was (Not Was) Out Come the Freaks
89
5790
ABC Tears Are Not Enough
90
5870
Mötley Crüe Live Wire
91
5930
Spandau Ballet Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
92
6040
Frankie Smith Double Dutch Bus
93
6051
Foreigner Urgent
94
6059
Daryl Hall & John Oates Private Eyes
95
6072
The Cars Shake It Up
96
6084
Kraftwerk Computerwelt / Computer World
97
6099
Haircut 100 Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)
98
6116
Chagrin d'amour Chacun fait (c'qui lui plaît)
99
6240
Grace Jones Nightclubbing
100
6249
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers The Waiting
101
6254
Dead Kennedys Too Drunk to Fuck
102
6255
Depeche Mode New Life
103
6302
Fela Coffin for Head of State, Pt. 2
104
6448
Pete Shelley Homosapien
105
6449
Charlélie Couture Comme un avion sans ailes
106
6537
Rick James Give It to Me Baby
107
6663
Teena Marie Square Biz
108
6675
Van Halen Unchained
109
6889
Brian Eno - David Byrne America Is Waiting
110
6933
Foreigner Juke Box Hero
111
7317
The Police Spirits in the Material World
112
7381
Def Leppard Bringin' On the Heartbreak
113
7398
George Harrison All Those Years Ago
114
7447
Roxy Music Jealous Guy
115
7582
New Order Everything's Gone Green
116
7712
Kool & The Gang Get Down on It
117
7715
Siouxsie and The Banshees Spellbound
118
7718
Olivia Newton-John Physical
119
7736
Department S Is Vic There?
120
7816
Iron Maiden Wrathchild
121
7986
Christopher Cross Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)
122
8049
Rick Springfield Jessie's Girl
123
8071
ESG You're No Good
124
8109
The Cure Primary
125
8179
Sunnyboys Alone With You
126
8224
UB40 One in Ten
127
8232
The Cure All Cats Are Grey
128
8361
Elvis Costello and The Attractions Psycho
129
8526
Genesis Abacab
130
8788
The Pointer Sisters Slow Hand
131
8789
Bauhaus Kick in the Eye
132
8921
Junior Giscombe Mama Used to Say
133
8987
Altered Images I Could Be Happy
134
8994
Slime Deutschland
135
9021
Rush Limelight
136
9038
Riot Swords and Tequila
137
9041
Simple Minds Theme for Great Cities
138
9267
Odyssey Going Back to My Roots
139
9272
Vangelis Chariots of Fire
140
9307
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Joan of Arc
141
9312
Public Image Ltd. Flowers of Romance
142
9404
Billy Squier The Stroke
143
9433
Leño Maneras de vivir
144
9595
Fela Original Sufferhead
145
9711
Minor Threat Minor Threat
146
9844
Gil Scott-Heron "B" Movie
147
9924
Motörhead / Girlschool Please Don't Touch
148
9999
Clock DVA 4 Hours

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10,000:
The Clark Sisters You Brought the Sunshine
The Gun Club Fire of Love
Pretenders I Go to Sleep
Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman
Ozzy Osbourne Flying High Again
Minor Threat In My Eyes
Altered Images Dead Pop Stars
Bush Tetras You Can't Be Funky
Swingers Counting the Beat
Journey Who's Crying Now
Les Civils La crise
Kate Bush Sat in Your Lap
Vasco Rossi Siamo solo noi
Throbbing Gristle Discipline
Mecano Hoy no me puedo levantar
The Rolling Stones Worried About You
Sheena Easton For Your Eyes Only
The Associates Kitchen Person
Eric Clapton I Can't Stand It
Bauhaus The Passion of Lovers
Rita Marley One Draw
Einstürzende Neubauten Kollaps
Pata Negra Los mánagers
Lionel Richie and Diana Ross Endless Love
R.E.M. Sitting Still
A Number of Names Sharevari
Bob Dylan The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar
Afrika Bambaataa & The Jazzy 5 Jazzy Sensation (Bronx Version)
Spandau Ballet Glow
Blue Öyster Cult Burnin' for You
The Names Night Shift
Quincy Jones Ai No Corrida
The Fire Engines Candyskin
Siouxsie and The Banshees Arabian Knights
Imagination Body Talk
Grauzone Eisbär
Vivien Goldman Launderette
Defunkt The Razor's Edge
Triumph Magic Power
Stan Rogers Northwest Passage
The Teardrop Explodes Tiny Children
Japan Visions of China
The Birthday Party Nick the Stripper
Elvis Costello Good Year for the Roses
Louis Chédid Ainsi Soit-il
Black Uhuru Sponji Reggae
Divinyls Boys in Town
Boys Town Gang Cruisin' the Streets
Sammy Hagar There's Only One Way to Rock
Red Rider Lunatic Fringe
Wipers Youth of America
Linx Intuition
J. Walter Negro and the Loose Jointz Shoot the Pump
Triumph Fight the Good Fight
The Lounge Lizards Harlem Nocturne
The Church The Unguarded Moment
Rainbow I Surrender
Discharge Why?
Journey Open Arms
Soft Cell Bedsitter
The Moody Blues The Voice
Comateens Late Night City
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five It's Nasty (Genius of Love)
Eurythmics Never Gonna Cry Again
Roberto Torres y su Charanga Vallenata Caballo Viejo
The Gun Club Preaching the Blues
Soft Cell Memorabilia
China Crisis African and White
Simple Minds Love Song
Bill Wyman (Si Si) Je suis un Rock Star
Lindsey Buckingham Trouble
Inner Life Ain't No Mountain High Enough
The Blasters Marie Marie
Carl Carlton She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)
Black Flag Police Story
Thomas Dolby Europa and the Pirate Twins
Brian Eno - David Byrne The Jezebel Spirit
Flipper Brainwash
The Clash Tally Ho!
Alice Per Elisa
Camarón de la Isla Como el agua
Icehouse Can't Help Myself
Television Personalities This Angry Silence
Heaven 17 Penthouse and Pavement
Change Paradise
Hervé Cristiani Il est libre Max
Bobby Womack If You Think You're Lonely Now
Z.Z. Hill Down Home Blues
Hamilton Bohannon Let's Start II Dance Again
Echo and the Bunnymen Over the Wall
Echo and the Bunnymen A Promise
New Order Procession
Thomas Leer Tight As a Drum
Rush Red Barchetta
Strikers Body Music
The Creatures Mad Eyed Screamer
Madness Cardiac Arrest
The Human League The Sound of the Crowd
Depeche Mode Dreaming of Me
Tears for Fears Suffer the Children
Dead Kennedys Nazi Punks Fuck Off!
Kim Wilde Cambodia
Anti-Nowhere League So What
The Teardrop Explodes Passionate Friend
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)
The Jam Absolute Beginners
Kirsty MacColl There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis
Fun Boy Three The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum
Rush YYZ
Eloy Point of No Return